Special Spaces for Pediatric Cancer Care

JoAnn poses for a photo in front a window mural.

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital is a special place. It is a welcoming space where pediatric patients with any type of cancer receive treatment, including chemotherapy and blood transfusions.

An upcoming expansion is about to make the clinic even more special.

“Over the years, there’s been a big increase in the number of kids we see,” says Registered Nurse JoAnn Duckworth, who has worked in the clinic for more than 20 years. ”We’re running out of space in our clinic to accommodate the growing number of patients.”

“We want this to be the most comfortable and fun place possible, even if we’re giving chemotherapy.”

With the support of donors, The Foundation is looking forward to funding this expansion. It will include the creation of distinct areas tailored to different age groups.

Teen talk

JoAnn is particularly excited about the new teen space.

“This space will make it possible for teens to spend private time with other teens who are going through the same thing,” she says. “It’s important for teens to have an area where they can relate to each other on their own terms.”

They will be able to spend time away from the noise and commotion of the main clinic space, where younger patients are playing and special programs are being run.

Another new area will be a quiet space where physicians and staff can consult with families and patients.

“We want this to be the most comfortable and fun place possible, even if we’re giving chemotherapy,” says JoAnn. “Teens can have some privacy when they need it, but they can also spend time with the younger kids if that’s what they want. The new clinic will be inclusive of everyone.”